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Kayaking for beginners

Unlike, say, stand-up paddle boarding, you can get a surprisingly long way with little effort in a kayak. It’s simple, easy to pick up, and as high or low energy as you’d like. Choose to go solo or double up with a friend or loved one.

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Beginner's guide to wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a high-octane, adrenaline-inducing mix of water skiing, surfing, and snowboarding. It can be fast and furious, but the good news is that it’s surprisingly easy to get to grips with the basics – total newbies can be up and wakeboarding within a few hours.

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Where to go on your next windsurfing holiday

Whether you're searching for remote, windswept coastlines or buzzing seaside towns full of fellow windsurfers, there are loads of fantastic European windsurfing destinations just a short flight away.Here are our top picks to get you inspired.


What is hydrofoiling?

Itseems that the Hydrofoil has literally taken off in the sport of sailing, as craft of all shapes and sizes take to the skies. Here, we find out more.

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Where to wakeboard in Croatia

Why is Croatia so good for wakeboarding? For a start, it’s home to over 3,000 miles of stunning coastline, with both the mainland and dozens of picturesque islands dotted off the coast to choose from. The sea is a bright turquoise blue, clear as a bell, and practically begs you to jump in.

Girl windsurfing in a wetsuit's cold outside

There's no reason why you can't keep active all year round.A sprinkle of positivity and the right gear will see you through the worst of the good old British winter. We caught up with Ally Blacklock, who you may know from her time in our Beachclubs, to see how she keeps her winter windsurfing mojo going.

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11 reasons you should be kayaking for fitness

Kayaking is a brilliant way to break the monotony of the gym, get the blood pumping and work all the major muscle groups. It also stimulates the mind and gets you out in the fresh air. What’s not to like?

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Where to wakeboard in the UK

Whether you've caught the bug at one of our beachclubs or fancy having a go before your holiday, there's a wakepark to suit your ability and experience not too far away. Here are a few of our favourites.

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Why you should choose Spain for your watersports holiday

From golden beaches and long summers to delicious food and vibrant cities, there is a lotto love about Spain. But just what is it that makes this beautiful country such a world-class destination for watersports? And which sports could you try during your holiday there?

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The best locations for wakeboarding holidays

Wakeboarding has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.Our pick of the best locations for wakeboarding holidays rounds up the best spots for you to catch your next wake…

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Making the move from beachclub to flotilla

If you can picture yourself mooring your yacht in the crystal clear bay of a Greek island, then we've has drawn up the perfect chart to guide you from dinghy beginner to independent sailor and master of your own vessel.

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Which is the best stand up paddle board for me?

If you’ve been bitten by the stand up paddle boarding (SUP) bug, you might find yourself wanting to invest in your own SUP board, especially when so many of them now pack up small enough to take with you on weekend trips and adventure holidays. But with such a dizzying choice of stand up paddle boards out there, how do you know whichone which to buy?

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Top destinations for family sailing holidays

Whether you’re a bunch of novice dinghy or yacht sailors or you already know your way around a yacht and the finer points of dinghy sailing,a family sailing holiday is an experience you'll never forget. And there are loads of great ways to enjoy sailing together on holiday.

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What type of dinghy is right for me?

When it comes to choosing a dinghy, our beachie team will help you based on your experience, but before you get out there, here’s a quick run-through of our most popular boats and what experience level they’re best for.

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Kitesurfing on holiday: a how-to

Always wanted to give kitesurfinga go? Here we give our tips for getting into kitesurfing, including what you’ll need, and how to prepare.

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Complete a RYA course on holiday

Not only are our beachclubs brilliant fun for sailing, we offer Royal Yachting Association (RYA) tuition and qualifications, and even better, the tuition is included in the holiday! Our sailing instructors are RYA-qualified and tuition follows the RYA level 1 and 2 courses.

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Sailing photography tips

From candid shots of the kids in action to that perfect sunset picture, it’s easier than ever for amateur photographers to master the art of sailing photography.

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Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP originated in the home of water sports, Hawaii. It has since enjoyed booming popularity as a sport in its own right and is quickly becoming the latest water sports sensation.

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Watersports in Italy

If you love the water, you're going to love Italy. With a long coastline lapped by the Mediterranean, Ionian and Adriatic seas, Italy is a brilliant destination for epic watersports.

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5 easy wakeboarding tricks to master

Whether you want to master riding the wake, want to get some air, do grabs or complete rotational tricks, we have a range of wakeboard beginner tricks for you to try.

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Neilson's guide to asymmetric spinnaker sailing: dinghy edition

Never sailed with one before?Here, we go back to basics with a quick guide to asymmetric spinnaker flying.

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5 amazing ways to embrace the sea

We know that the promise of summer holidays with waves lapping onto sandy shores and long days of lazing around in the sunshine is enough to make most people fall in love with the ocean.

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Make the most of your windsurfing holiday

To help you on your next windsurfing holiday,here are a few tops tips on how spending just fiveminutes before youlaunch might makea huge difference to your nextsession on the water.

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How to: Wakeboarding Beginner Tips

Wakeboarding is possibly one of the coolest watersports around, once you’ve had a go, you’ll be coming back for more.

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9 of our favourite watersport spots around the world

We asked our activity manager Gary Sinclair to share where in the world (other than our beach resorts of course!) he rates as being particularly brilliant places to ride the waves.

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How to keep fit on a beach holiday

Our activity manager Gary Sinclair explains the benefits of the most popular watersports you can try on holiday, explaining how they’ll give both your mind and body a workout.

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Packing for a watersports holiday

If you’re new to watersports, you’re probably wondering what to wear and how to choose the right clothing for a day or even a few hours on the water.

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Neilson recommends: best windsurfing in Greece

Europe is home to some world-class windsurfing locations, with destinations to suit absolute beginners to those that will excite and challenge the most experienced windsurfers. Greece, in particular offers some amazing locations and conditions for your next fix of windsurfing.

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Windsurfing tips and tricks

From the basic stance, tack and gybe, through to planing, and even more advanced aerial moves like the Vulcan and Forward Loop.

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Which watersport should you try?

Use this handy guide to help you decide which watersport to try first.

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A beginner's guide to windsurfing

Thinking of taking up windsurfing? Well you’ve come to the right place. Windsurfing is an exhilarating sport, that you can pick up and start learning whatever your age or ability.

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A beginner's guide to dinghy sailing

The following guide explains everything you need to know about dinghy sailing: the terminology, the kit, what to wear and how to get started.

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Learn to ski and board on the ocean

Skiing and boarding isn’t just limited to the snow and mountains. If you can’t wait for winter to come around again and are itching for your skiing or snowboarding, give water skiing or wakeboarding a go.

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Watersports for you and your teenagers

Push out of your comfort zones by learning something together and you could even find yourselves with a new joint passion.

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A beginner's guide to SUP!

Paddle boarding has been one of the fastest growing water sports in the world in recent years. This guide will cover all you need to know about getting started.

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It's time to put the wind in your sails

This guide puts the spotlight on dinghy sailing and explains why it’s both a fun and challenging sport for everyone.

Cadet Team

Introducing... the Neilson GBR Cadet World Sailing Team

We're delighted to announce that we've teamed up with a bunch of truly inspirational young sailors, some of whomlearnt to sail on a Neilson holiday, to support them on their journey to world domination!

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Why learning watersports will change your family's life

Learning to sail or windsurf (or kayak or water ski or paddle board) with your family on holiday willcreate holiday memories that’ll last a lifetime.